AB12 is put in place to give youth who are 18 years old and still in foster care or out-of-home placement probation a possible 36 months to transition from dependency to independence. It is a voluntary program and begins the day that the you turn 18 though you have the right to opt-out of AB12. If you opt-out you have the option to re-enter into foster care anytime before your 21st birthday. Just know that it is a process and can take some time.
This should be a time of growth where you accept the responsibilities of your financial future (budgeting rent, transportation, food, basic necessities) and take over the reigns of your decision making (career, education, health, etc.). You will be responsible for providing proof that you are meeting your AB12 responsibilities and making sure that you meet with your social worker each month.
Benefits to extending foster care
- Be able to complete high school
- Be able to enroll in college/vocational school
- Be able to secure housing
- Receive a clothing allowance and case management services
- Have extra time to develop solid support systems
- Have the opportunity to develop and reach your independent living goals
- Be in out-of-home placement until your 18th birthday
- Sign an agreement for continued supervision and support.
- Meet with your social worker at least once a month.
- Agree to be a “Non-Minor Dependent”(NMD) of the Juvenile Court.
- Reside in an eligible, supervised foster care placement.
- And any one of the following
- Completing High School or GED
- Enrolled in college or vocational education
- Participating in a program to remove barriers to employment
- Working at least 80 hours per month
- Incapable of doing any of the above due to a medical/psychological condition
For more information call (925) 957-2400 or Toll Free (866) 994-ILSP (4577)